About Me

I am a fully qualified English teacher and SEN tutor, with a First Class degree and over 25 years' experience.

I provide one-to-one learning opportunities to students who have yet to reach their full potential, including, typically, young adults with dyslexia and autism (including high functioning), and those who may have indicators of ADD/ADHD, and processing issues, who seek to improve English skills, language skills, working memory, organisational and study skills and who seek to improve exam performance. I work with students of all ages from foundation to GCSE .

I provide dyslexia support, literacy and functional skills support and support in developing the skills to do well in GCSE English Language.

 

 
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Specialist Experience and Skills

Since graduating with a PGCE from The Institute of Education, where my dissertation was on Literacy and English Skills for students with learning differences, I have worked for many years as an Intervention Teacher, responsible to the borough Head of SEN, and also as a one to one tutor working with young adults with additional needs, specialising in those with dyslexia and autism (including high-functioning autism/ Asperger's Syndrome) who would benefit from a focus on language, literacy and English.

I have a wide experience of engaging students  at all points in their learner's journey, from... Read More
Since graduating with a PGCE from The Institute of Education, where my dissertation was on Literacy and English Skills for students with learning differences, I have worked for many years as an Intervention Teacher, responsible to the borough Head of SEN, and also as a one to one tutor working with young adults with additional needs, specialising in those with dyslexia and autism (including high-functioning autism/ Asperger's Syndrome) who would benefit from a focus on language, literacy and English.

I have a wide experience of engaging students  at all points in their learner's journey, from foundation level  to GCSE and above.

As an English specialist, I enjoy developing work which reflects the young persons interests, which embeds the specific English skills they need and which offers pathways into wider, broader curricula.

I try to identify and work with socially related targets and skills, including modelling social interaction, and teaching empathy, reciprocity and turn taking, understanding, and managing emotions.

As a one to one teacher, my focus is to provide a positive learning experience by developing a programme of study which engages the student at a personal level, which provides the requisite underpinning skills, knowledge and understanding to help the learner become more confident and more astute as a learner, and  more well-rounded as an individual.

As well as developing English and language skills, I aim to improve verbal memory, processing speed, organisational skills and working memory skills. Critical thinking skills development underpin all work.

Each student receives a genuinely bespoke, realistic, yet challenging programme of study, using explicit teaching and continuous assessment to equip the student with the skills and confidence to move to the next level.

My approach builds on multi-sensory learning, and I build on student's visual and creative skills. Recognising that different students have preferred learning styles, I work to equip students with a broad range of learning strategies, working with weaknesses as well as strengths and developing task specific strategies.

I am particularly interested in developing confidence, a positive mindset and resilience.

I consider myself to be empathetic, flexible and focused.  I work hard to ensure that the student experience is personal, effective, rewarding and fun.

My Teaching Philosophy

I am passionate about the power of education to change lives.

I begin by understanding a student and their needs and building a positive relationship. A good educational provider needs to be flexible, patient, creative and, above all, empathetic to the needs of each student.

Although the focus is on English, I seek to develop confidence, a positive mindset, and  a resilience which encourages the student to become more proactive and more thoughtful about themselves and those around them. I also seek to provide a broad based, well balanced education which encourages the student  and to become more curious about the world.

 

 

Something Sensational About Me

Before I became a teacher and father, I travelled quite widely. Nowadays, I'm more of an armchair traveller, although, as a family, we do like to go campfire camping.

My wife and I work an allotment and I'm a member of The British Museum and I retain an interest in history and related disciplines.

Ahem. My daughter was recently awarded top 2% marks in both English  Language and English Literature at GCSE.

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Availability

  • Monday 0900 - 1800
  • Tuesday 0900 - 1200
  • Wednesday 0900 - 1800
  • Thursday 13.00 - 1800
  • Friday 0900 - 1800
  • Saturday 0900 - 1300

Qualifications and Training

  • Institute of Education, University of London, PGCE (English specialist);
  • University of London B.A. (Hons.) Anthropology and Sociology (First Class)
I regularly attend relevant training, including training on ADD/ADHD, Dyslexia and Learning, Learning Styles, Autism Awareness, Mindset, Target Setting, Behaviour Management, Evidence Based Teaching and GCSE English enhancement programmes.... Read More
  • Institute of Education, University of London, PGCE (English specialist);
  • University of London B.A. (Hons.) Anthropology and Sociology (First Class)
I regularly attend relevant training, including training on ADD/ADHD, Dyslexia and Learning, Learning Styles, Autism Awareness, Mindset, Target Setting, Behaviour Management, Evidence Based Teaching and GCSE English enhancement programmes.

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  • you require a teacher who... is passionate about the power of education to transform lives;
  • you require a teacher who... is experienced in improving skills;
  • you require a teacher who... seeks to provide a broad based well balanced education and who is exam orientated;
  • you require a teacher who... provides the learner with a focussed, structured, multi-sensory programme;
  • you require a teacher who...aims to ensure the development of a confident, capable, independent learner equipped with the skills to realise their potential.

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Chris

My daughter has really responded to John's multisensory style. There were some big gaps in her English skills and John was able to develop a personalised programme of study which was non patronising, vibrant and effective. She has reengaged with the English language. Even teachers in other subjects have noticed her newfound purposefulness!

Lisa

John's empathetic approach has really made  a big difference to my son's attitude to learning. Knowing how to spot and write about language features and how to structure answers to maximise marks has changed the way he thinks about the English language and the exam. Thanks!

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